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  • A robin suspends hunting when about an inch of snow gave Spring a detour this morning in Arlington Heights.

      A robin suspends hunting when about an inch of snow gave Spring a detour this morning in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Daily Herald

  • Magnolia blossoms are shrouded this morning when about an inch of snow fell in Arlington Heights.

      Magnolia blossoms are shrouded this morning when about an inch of snow fell in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Daily Herald

  • Traffic crawls along the Jane Addams expressway in Arlington Heights this morning.

      Traffic crawls along the Jane Addams expressway in Arlington Heights this morning.
    Richard Battin | Daily Herld

 
 

Welcome to spring in the Chicago area.

Many people woke up to shock as up to 2-inches of snow greeted them on their cars, lawns and patios, only about a week after the temperatures were 80 degrees in the Chicago area.

Weather forecasters said between 1 and 2 inches of snow fell overnight, with most of the accumulation in the Lake and McHenry county areas.

The snow, of course, caused slick roads and spin outs. Multiple crashes were reported on the Tri-State and Edens expressways. People are being asked by authorities to slow down and use caution while driving.

Forecasters said it would snow through the morning until the weather warms up to about 40 degrees. Most of the snow should melt off by mid-afternoon, officials said. Rain, however, will take its place tonight.

The average temperatures for mid-April is about 60 degrees, forecasters said.

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